I can't believe it. I didn't even think for a second that he was going to do it. But it eventually was going to happen.
Last week, it was reported that Green Bay Packer quarterback Brett Favre is retiring.
When I found out about this, I was in class when my co-host for the radio show I do in Kingsville told me.
Needless to say I was sort of distracted and dumbfounded.
There have been times that I was starting to get annoyed with Favre in the last few seasons in his career.
It got to the point that I was wondering after every season whether or not he was or was not going to call it a career.
I even went as far as calling him washed up after leading the Packers to an unthinkable 4-12 record in 2005. Favre pretty much had his worst season ever throwing a career high 29 interceptions and having a career worst 70.9 quarterback rating.
I thought it was over. There was no way he was going to come back after such a humiliating season. Then again a lot happened that year. His hometown of Gulfport, Miss. was hit hard by Hurricane Katrina, destroying his home. His wife, Deanna, was recovering from breast cancer after being diagnosed the year before.
Tragedy is something that Favre has been accustomed to overcoming.
On Dec. 21, 2003, Favre's father, Irvin, died after suffering a heart attack while driving on the road.
The next day, Favre was to play a Monday Night Football game against the Oakland Raiders. Despite his personal loss, he decided to play and Favre had one of his best games ever, throwing for 399 yards and four touchdowns.
I could not believe the bravery and determination that he had to perform with such a heavy heart. Favre's performance gained even more of an admiration toward him.
However, he also had his fair share of controversy.
He suffered a seizure in 1996 thanks to an addiction he had to the drug, vicodin.
Plus, he also had a little too much to drink.
Favre chose to go to rehab and get himself some help. Despite the drama, he still managed his third-straight MVP the next season.
Farve is arguably one of the most liked characters in NFL history.
When you see him get on the field, you can see how much he loves the sport. It was always a good feeling for me to see him jump up and down like a little kid who just scored his first touchdown in his backyard every time he threw one in the endzone.
I look back to when they won the Super Bowl against the Drew Bledsoe-led New England Patriots.
Favre completed 14 of 27 passes for 246 yards and two touchdowns.
It was a magical moment for him and the rest of the team.
The next year, the Packers scored a second-straight Super Bowl bid against the surprising Denver Broncos.
Favre had another great game, completing 25 of 42 passes for three touchdowns and an interception, but it was Denver quarterback John Elway's time to finally win one for the Broncos as they upset Green Bay, 31-24.
As I saw him play his final game against the eventual Super Bowl Champion New York Giants, it felt so wrong. I was hoping for that Disney movie-like ending where the veteran quarterback gets to the Super Bowl after so many years, but it was not meant to be.
In overtime, Favre's last play was an interception.
Now that he is leaving, what is to become of the Packers?
Will they ever continue to be dominant under Aaron Rodgers? He thinks he is ready, but I'm a bit of a skeptic. Despite people making a big deal about his performance against the Dallas Cowboys last season, the last time I checked, Green Bay still lost.
Don't get me wrong, I think the Packers are still a great team, but it will be a few games before we see if Rodgers can step up as a leading quarterback.
I don't believe Green Bay is stupid enough to find another quarterback in the upcoming NFL draft.
Rodgers suffered enough three years ago when he went from potential No. 1 pick to being picked No. 24.
Personally, I don't think he has what it takes, but what do I know? Remember, I still think Roger Clemens is innocent.
In total, Favre finished his career with an NFL record 61,655 passing yards, 442 touchdown passes and 253 starts out of 256 games he played. Can you say Hall of Fame?
As for what's next for Favre, I hope he doesn't try to pull a fast one on us and decide to come back to play football.
Not that I don't want him to return to the sport, it's just that the bit about retiring and then coming back is getting a little old.
I know it's questionable why Favre decided to call it a career a month-and-a-half away from the draft, but at least he made a decision.
I think it is great that he told the public now instead of us having to do the "will he or won't' he" game.
For what it's worth, Favre will go down in history as one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the sport of football.
In closing, I will leave with one gripe I have about his career. Why did he not get a supporting actor nomination for his stirring cameo in "There's Something About Mary?"
He was robbed people.
Juan Carlos Reyes is a sports reporter for the Record Star. Readers may contact him at 361-387-4511 or via email at email@example.com